Issue 3: 30 November 2015

    Candys told to pay up in the City

    The high profile Candy brothers have suffered a setback in their plans to develop luxury apartments in the City of London. An appeal inspector has backed the Corporation of London in its demand that the project contributes £15 million in affordable housing contributions, if it is to go ahead. The decision is a salutory tale [...]

    Compulsory purchase bid puts cinema on the bill

    Ealing is to get a major new cinema and cultural quarter, after the local council won permission to buy in a stalled site and get development moving. The unusual step will enable a £100m development to start on site next year, delivering an eight screen, 1,000 seat cinema, restaurants, shops and 161 apartments. The redevelopment [...]

    Mayoral manifesto puts planning to the fore

    Leading property professionals in central London have given the capital’s next mayor a steer on where they see the key planning issues, if the city is to continue to accommodate more people, and create more jobs. A 25 point “manifesto for the mayor” launched by the Westminster Property Association, and City Property Association, lists a [...]

    A half century of the boroughs

    London’s boroughs celebrate 50 years in existence this year, and look set to continue in existence for years to come. And, despite the many gripes about their governance, author Tony Travers argues they have – by and large – delivered good governance over that period. In a new book, London’s Boroughs at 50, he tells [...]